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Doctors Killed George Washington
Hundreds of Fascinating Facts from the World of Medicine
Erin Barrett, Jack Mingo
ISBN: 9781573247191
Foreword by David Colbert
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 x 7
246 pages
January 31, 2002


It's no joke that we are all fascinated by the medical profession and the people in it. With Doctors Killed George Washington, trivia mavens Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo explore accidental medical discoveries, medical follies, bizarre cures, and more. This titillating tome puts doctors and medical history under the microscope and exposes more than 500 little-known facts and outrageous oddities from the wild world of medicine.

Did you know?
Before the advent of surgery, ancient Egyptian doctors put their patients under by hitting them on the head with a mallet.

Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo have authored 20 books, including How the Cadillac Got Its Fins, The Couch Potato Guide to Life and the best-selling Just Curious Jeeves. They have written articles for many major periodicals including The New York Times, Salon, Reader's Digest, and The Washington Post and have generated more than 30,000 questions for trivia games and game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Their website, which lists their "This Day in History" nationally-syndicated column.

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Along with Erin Barrett, Jack Mingo published over 20 books, including Random Kinds of Factness. He is a full-time writer specializing in somewhat offbeat trivia books. In his spare time, Jack keeps six hives and half a million bees in his Alameda (Bay Area) backyard and sells their honey at local farmers markets. His bees produce 650 pounds of honey per year (59 gallons, 472 pint jars).
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